currently I'm addicted to my Sennheiser HD 555 open cans, they provide an AMAZING sound out of my PC with the standard sound card (unamped).
I've been using them for listening to classical, pop, hip hop, and rock. Pretty much anything, and they handle ALL of it. (And I have this website to thank for helping me choose them many months ago).
Right now I am in the market for a closed set of cans for under $300.
I want something the balances portability and sound quality. I want to be able to take it with me to school, on the train/bus, for walks, but also have it sit around my neck and not be a problem.
So obviously not something too bulky.
These will be plugged into my iPhone playing almost entirely 320kbps MP3's, and I do have a Fiio E5 ( I don't use it for my HD555's because it makes no audible difference for me).
This may upset some ppl but so far I have considered getting the (used pair) Beats By Dre - as I have auditioned them and am happy with their size and portability, and I have read that they
handle rock/hip hop quite well - which is all I listen to while on the go. (unlike when I'm at home).
Another lineup I'm really liking is the AKG lineup.
In the past I have owned the Shure srh240 and 440, and I do like their sound, I was just hoping to try something different - so thanks, but no thanks.
I'll consider all recommendations/alternatives before choosing, thank you to everyone for their time.